Notes from the Clerk

You may have heard by now there will be a special election on May 5, 2015. The Governor and the State Legislature are asking for the state sales tax to be raised one cent for roads and other special projects. You can find out more about the issue on the state’s website: www.michigan.govbilde

There may also be some school proposals on the ballot, but we haven’t received official notice of that yet. We will be sure to let you know well in advance of the election what offices or proposals will be on the ballot.

We are always recruiting new election workers, to help fill in for the “snowbirds”. Being an election worker is fun, fulfilling and pays well, too! If you are interested, please call my office at 248-370-9402 and ask for Lindsay. She can answer any questions you may have about being an inspector.

If you know you will be out of town on May 5, or if it is difficult to get to the polls, you can ask for an absentee ballot application to be sent to you. Just call or email us at tkowal@auburnhills.org

More information on the special election will be posted as soon as we get it.


Terri Kowal, City Clerk

Notes from the Clerk

Promoting From Within

For every City Manager, the day-to-day job includes the analysis of competing priorities from many constituent groups.  These groups can be citizens, the business community, other units of government, staff, and elected officials.  So let’s just say that each day ???????can be challenging, but challenging should not to be interpreted as a negative.  Challenging is what makes the job interesting and rewarding, and working through the competing priorities to formulate solutions for the greater good of the community, through the creation of good public policy, is truly the greatest reward.  One of the aspects of the job that can have the most gratification is being able to watch individual employees develop and become more significant contributors to the organization.  In our environment, training is constant.  Rules, regulations and procedures are always changing and evolving and our staff must keep up with all of these changes.  Of course the challenge in all of that is making sure that the right people are in the right role, and each person you’re developing has the opportunity to succeed and has indeed, actually succeeded.  And when they do, the greatest reward for a City Manager is provide these successful employees with promotions.  Because our organization is not very large (we have 170 full time employees), promotions are limited.  So when the opportunity arises to promote from within, given the proven success of the employee being considered, it’s a real privilege.  Continue reading “Promoting From Within”

Promoting From Within

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2015, we look back on the past year with great pride on a number of exciting accomplishments in our community.  While there are many, I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight a few.

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      Tom Tanghe, City Manager

New development tops our list.  We are always flattered when companies choose to invest in Auburn Hills.  The opening of new buildings by Faurecia, GKN and Atlas Copco reflect the business community’s continued trust in our City as a great place to grow.  Merlin Entertainment announced its first Sea Life Aquarium location in Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, set to celebrate its grand opening at the end of this month.  Oakland University seemed to have something to celebrate all year long, including the Elliott Tower, the opening of the new engineering building, the new Oak View Hall and Honors College, an impressive new parking structure, welcoming a new President, Dr. George Hynd, and enrollment exceeding 20,000 students.  At City Hall, we saw many retirements of employees who spent an entire career that, in most cases, exceeded 25 years.  That produced opportunities for others in our organization to obtain well-deserved promotions, and in some cases, opened up our ability to recruit new employees.

And as if 2014 was not a busy year, it would appear that 2015 will be even busier.  Three significant road projects will certainly create some challenges for traffic moving in, out and around Auburn Hills.  Continue reading “Happy New Year!”

Happy New Year!